When Lizzie agrees to represent her former law school classmate Zach, accused of murdering his wife, she has no idea of the dark secrets simmering beneath the surface of what appear to be perfect marriages in their affluent Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope. If you are a fan of legal thrillers, murder mysteries, and psychological suspense, Kimberly McCreight’s latest novel is the book for you!
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“A Good Marriage is a smart, provocative, insightful page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.” —Harlan Coben, author of The Boy from the Woods
Big Little Lies meets Presumed Innocent in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, in which a woman’s brutal murder reveals the perilous compromises some couples make—and the secrets they keep—in order to stay together.
Lizzie Kitsakis is working late when she gets the call. Grueling hours are standard at elite law firms like Young & Crane, but they’d be easier to swallow if Lizzie was there voluntarily. Until recently, she’d been a happily underpaid federal prosecutor. That job and her brilliant, devoted husband Sam—she had everything she’d ever wanted. And then, suddenly, it all fell apart.
No. That’s a lie. It wasn’t sudden, was it? Long ago the cracks in Lizzie’s marriage had started to show. She was just good at averting her eyes.
The last thing Lizzie needs right now is a call from an inmate at Rikers asking for help—even if Zach Grayson is an old friend. But Zach is desperate: his wife, Amanda, has been found dead at the bottom of the stairs in their Brooklyn brownstone. And Zach’s the primary suspect.
As Lizzie is drawn into the dark heart of idyllic Park Slope, she learns that Zach and Amanda weren’t what they seemed—and that their friends, a close-knit group of fellow parents at the exclusive Brooklyn Country Day school, might be protecting troubling secrets of their own. In the end, she’s left wondering not only whether her own marriage can be saved, but what it means to have a good marriage in the first place.
About the Author
Kimberly McCreight is the New York Times bestselling author of Reconstructing Amelia, which was nominated for the Edgar, Anthony, and Alex Awards; Where They Found Her; and The Outliers young adult trilogy. She attended Vassar College and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.
“The characters look as if their lives are perfect, but their greatest skill is their ability to conceal the adultery, substance abuse and financial ruin percolating underneath…. McCreight is particularly adept at parsing the small but telling details of life among Park Slope’s elite.” — New York Times Book Review
"Full of dark secrets and surprising twists, A Good Marriage explores what lies beneath the surface of friendships, families, and communities. A captivating psychological thriller that gripped me from beginning to end." — Megan Miranda, author of The Last House Guest
“If you were to transplant Big Little Lies (the TV series, not Liane Moriarty’s book) from Monterey, California … to Brooklyn’s Park Slope, it would look a bit like Kimberly McCreight’s A Good Marriage.… What lifts A Good Marriage above high-level chick-lit status is its legal-thriller aspect, which keeps the story churning urgently along.” — Air Mail
"A Good Marriage is absolutely, positively riveting. I could not put this down! Kimberly McCreight has crafted a captivating, thrilling story that bolts out of the gate at a breakneck speed and never misses a step." — Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Daisy Jones & The Six
"I loved A Good Marriage, a fast-paced pageturner that combines the complexity of a legal thriller with the emotional resonance of domestic suspense. You won't be able to put it down!" — Lisa Scottoline, author of Someone Knows
“Filled with emotional urgency, sharp insights and profound revelations, Kimberly McCreight's newest novel is a marvel—both a compelling mystery and a discerning exploration of love and marriage.” — Jean Kwok, author of Searching for Sylvie Lee
“Part legal thriller, part domestic suspense, pure page turner, this is a novel that will have you questioning everything you thought you knew about marriage." — Mary Kubica, author of The Other Mrs.
“Expertly blends domestic drama with a gripping murder mystery…. Filled with credible plot twists and realistically flawed characters, McCreight’s page-turner presses readers to question everything they think makes a “good” marriage. This will stay with the reader long after the finish.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“McCreight expertly weaves multiple plot threads with a few sly red herrings, paving the way to a series of surprising, and satisfying, reveals. A smartly plotted and altogether successful union of legal thriller and domestic suspense.” — Kirkus
“McCreight is a master of misdirection—even if you’ve already read a lot of domestic thrillers, you’ll be shocked by her jaw-dropping twists. As Lizzie edges closer to the truth of what happened in that expensive brownstone, her own struggles add extra depth to the story. Clear a spot next to Big Little Lies and The Couple Next Door—A Good Marriage is just as edgy and just as good.”
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"A twisty combo of domestic suspense and legal drama, and a great escape.” — AARP's "The Girlfriend"